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January 15, 2019

Don’t squander your audience’s generosity by delivering a substandard presentation peppered with these common phrases that sound like you don’t care.

Hi, I hope you’ll enjoy my presentation. I’ve traveled a long way to be here. In fact, I got in just yesterday and I’m r...

November 30, 2018

Forward from Patty Stern: One of the biggest joys of being a long-time professional in the meeting & event industry is the ability to share experiences and give back to our next generation of professionals.

Just as I had amazing people embrace me and show me how to be...

November 13, 2018

Emojis have forever changed business communications.

And that’s a good thing.

Article written by Michael Litt for Fast Company. He is the co-founder and CEO of the video marketing platform Vidyard.

I’ll admit I was late to the emoji party. For years now, people have bee...

Event planners know that work and life are all about the little details. Small luxuries like a coffee bar with the type of milk you take or a swag bag that you won’t immediately throw away are what make an event great.

Here are thirteen things in life that thrill event...

NOTE FROM PATTY: I'm an "extroverted introvert" personally.  I'm loving this article that makes a positive case for the value of hiring introverts at high levels in business!

If I were to ask a hundred CEOs to define their ideal employee, I think I'd probably hear somet...

You may have received training on giving a good presentation or writing a successful business proposal, but few of us spend as much time learning how to craft a good email. It’s quick and easy, but few of us give much thought to shooting off an email, so that makes it...

October 4, 2018

Six words that can destroy your chances of networking success are, "I want to pick your brain." There are two reasons why these six words will hurt you, not help you. I'll explain what those two reasons are. Then I'll suggest better alternatives.

"I Want To Pick Your Br...

August 30, 2018

Author Note: This article appeared in the August 23, 2018 issue of Small Meetings Magazine.

During my career over the past 23 years as a conference and event planner guiding the process of creating stage experiences that elicit desired emotion from the audience, I con...

July 21, 2018

Few people like meetings, and that’s probably because they’re increasingly overtaking the workday. Over the past 50 years meetings have grown from less than 10 hours a week to nearly 23 hours, not including impromptu gatherings, Harvard Business Review reports. That’s...

April 28, 2018

What kind of impression are you making in the first 30 seconds of meeting someone new?

That is the most powerful question you should be asking yourself when you have a goal to expand your network and drive more business to your bottom line. Successful entrepreneurs and...

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November 30, 2018

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